Louise Minchin quits BBC Breakfast after nearly 20 years


Louise Minchin to quit BBC Breakfast after nearly 20 years: Host tells viewers she’s ‘decided to stop setting her alarm for 3.40 in the morning’

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin announced today that she is leaving the programme after almost 20 years on the red sofa.

The 52-year-old host first presented the show in 2001 in London before moving to Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, as a lead presenter in 2012.

Mrs Minchin, who will leave later this year, said she had ‘decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 3:40 in the morning’ but will ‘take so many memories with me’.

Among the major stories she has reported on from the last two decades have been the last three general elections, Brexit and the Manchester Arena bombings.

Mrs Minchin also covered the aftermath of the Bataclan Theatre attacks, live from Paris, and fronted the programme’s Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019.

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin announced today that she is leaving the programme

Other highlights include interviewing Kate Middleton, Sir David Attenborough, Billie Eilish, Jeff Goldblum, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Joanna Lumley.

Mrs Minchin said: ‘I have absolutely loved being part of the 6 million strong BBC Breakfast family but after nearly two decades presenting the programme, I have decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 0340 in the morning.

‘I will take so many memories with me, including reporting on the shock and anguish of the Manchester Arena bombing; starting a national conversation about Menopause; and the life-changing moment I took part in the Breakfast Christmas Cycling Challenge which inspired my ongoing passion for endurance sport, which I will continue when I leave.

‘A big thank you to everyone who has watched and supported me, I have loved it and I will miss you all.’

Mrs Minchin (right) made the announcement during BBC Breakfast with Dan Walker today

Mrs Minchin (right) made the announcement during BBC Breakfast with Dan Walker today

Mrs Minchin took up endurance sport after competing in a BBC Breakfast Christmas cycling challenge, and has gone onto compete internationally for the GB triathlon team in her age group.

BBC Breakfast editor Richard Frediani said: ‘Millions of viewers have regularly woken up with Louise for 20 years and welcomed her and BBC Breakfast into their homes.

‘We will miss her brilliant journalism, good humour and boundless energy. She has been a tremendous BBC Breakfast colleague on and off screen and will always be a friend to the team.’

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